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Winter 1980 

The language of the physician is spoken at the Visual Education Department at MCV. Page 11. 


Winter 1980 Volume 9 Number 4 

Small Blue Freckles Mark the Spot 3 

Radiation therapy, the second most common treatment for cancer, 
does not need to be a frightening experience for patients. 

A Community Experience 6 

The School of Social Work is providing social service outreach to 
the communities surrounding VCU. 

A Beginning, a Middle and No End 11 

The Visual Education Department, located at the MCV campus, has 
the right prescriptions for instructional materials. 

The Business of Marketing and Distributive Education . 15 

Times have changed, so has a name, but not the purpose of distributive 

We're Not Bound by Tradition 19 

The Special Collections Department of James Branch Cabell Library 
is not the traditional rare book collection. 

Did You Know 22 

Whatever Happened To 25 

Nancy J. Hartman, Editor 

James L. Dunn, Director of Alumni Activities 

Nancy P. Williams, Assistant to the Director 

Mary Margaret C. Fosmark, Alumni Records Officer 

VCU Magazine is published quarterly for alumni and friends of Virginia 
Commonwealth University, Alumni Activities Office, Richmond, Virginia 
23284. Telephone (804) 257-1228 

Credits: Charlie Martin, design; Visual Education Department, cover and pages 10-13; 
Bob Strong, pages 6 -9 and 25; Dale Glasgow, student in advanced illustration, page 14; 
Cyane Lowden, pages 2-5 and 16-18; John Anderson, Jr., student in advanced illustration, 
pages 20 and 21; Robert Braswell, student in advanced illustration, inside back cover. 

Copyright ©1980 Virginia Commonwealth University 

Opinions expressed in VCU Magazine are those of the author or person being interviewed 
and do not necessarily reflect those of the university. 

Cover: Arteriosclerosis magnified 320 times. 



Small Blue Freckles Mark the Spot 

The treatment field outlined on the tissue to be radiated. 

As we walked dawn the corridor of 
the second basematt in North Hospi- 
tal, Dr. Tapan A. Hazra, chairman of 
radiation therapy and oncology, 
nodded approvingly at a workman 
painting the walls a light yellow. 
He then turned to me and noted, 
"This place looked like a dungeon 
before I came here. One of my 
conditions for accepting the job was 
that I could brighten the place up. " 

The corridor ended at an elevator, 
which only went down; it took us to 
basement three, where a mural of 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
along with two stuffed animals 
greeted us. 

Later, I was to learn adult patients 
sometimes spend their brief periods of 
waiting trying to remember the names 
of the dwarfs. 

The therapy room, to the left, 
was spotless, frightening and a 
marvel of technological science. 

The machine, a cobalt activated 
device, filled the room, and three lazer 
lights, coming from different direc- 
tions, were aimed at the treatment 
table. These lights help the therapists 
in positioning each patient. 

The machine seemed to hover over 
the therapists and the patient, 
an elderly man. A large area of the 
machine was twisting and turning at 

the direction of the therapists and 
little by little was brought closer to 
the man's face. His head was cradled 
in an individually made "dog 
bowl" — a dish device designed to keep 
his head from rotating. After what 
seemed like a long time, a contour of 
the man's face was placed directly on 
his face; it indicated he needed to tilt 
his head a few millimeters to the left. 
When both the cutout and the man 
lined up, a piece of surgical tape was 
secured to the treatment table over the 
man's chin and secured to the other 
side of the table. He was now set for 

Everyone else left the room. A dial 
on the control console was rotated to 
indicate the number of seconds for the 
treatment. The man was checked by 
closed circuit television, and a button 
was pushed. Immediately, the red 
light over the treatment room door 
came on, indicating treatment had 
begun. And the shield over the 
radiation source slid back revealing 
the radiation beam. 

The red light above the door flicked 
to green, when the seconds showed 
zero. The whole treatment time, 
including patient placement, was less 
than 10 minutes. 

This was my first encounter with 
radiation as a therapy for cancer — it 
did not seem as bad as 1 had expected. 
In fact, it seemed almost too easy. 

Cancer is not a new disease. It 
was known in ancient times. 
Evidences of the disease and 
written descriptions date to 1700 
B.C. But cancer is a disease of 
modem civilization because it is 
primarily a disease of the aged. 

Cancer is a generic term for 
multiple diseases, which can re- 
sult from a variety of causes, 
including certain chemical agents, 
physical agents and viruses. The 
precise mechanisms which inter- 
act to cause cancer are not known, 
and little is known about the 
natural defense mechanisms that 
prevent cancer in some cases and 
not in others. 

Unfortunately, cancer in its 
early stages almost never causes 
pain or a feeling of sickness. 
Cancer cells invade normal tissues 
and dispatch small clusters of 
cells to set up new cancer 
colonies in distant parts of the 

Since cancer is not easily de- 
tectable in its early growth period, 
a person should check with a 
doctor upon noticing a change in 
a normal body function. 

Even though physicians and 
scientists have not found the 
causes of cancer, the cure rate has 
improved over the last 50 years. 
In 1930 only one case in five was 

Dosimetrist Richard Lloyd 
^prepares a lead block. 

A chest mold and wax impre'i'iwn are 
checked hy dosimetrist Gail Stark. These are 
used to determine areas for radiation 

A diagnostic x-ray is carefully traced with an electronic stylist hy Raymond 
Sharp, physicist. This relays information on the patient's actual body shape 
and size and organ location into the computer, which then calculates 
radiation angles and beam strengths. 

cured, but today the rate is one in 
three. And many physicians, ac- 
cording to a 1970 report on cancer 
for the U. S. Senate, believe this 
rate could be brought to one in 
two through early detection and 
better application of knowledge 
concerning cancer's growth pat- 
terns and its vulnerabilities. 

What the patient needs, ac- 
cording to Hazra, is a team 
approach to the treatment of the 
disease. In this way, physicians 
involved in surgical removal of 
cancer and those who treat with 
drugs or radiation can best utilize 
their treatment knowledge for the 
individual patient. "Literature is 
expanding at such a rapid rate, 
that we cannot keep up with each 
of the specialized treatment areas; 
we must share information," says 

Hazra emphasizes, "Since each 
patient is different, neither 
surgery, chemotherapy nor radia- 
tion therapy can be the definitive 
answer. Instead, the patients, 
based on their individual needs, 
should be helped to make the 
decisions which will affect them 
and their families." 

Cancer is a frightening disease. 
In many ways it has the same 
negative connotation leprosy once 
had. Because of this, a patient 
may automatically take the first 
treatment option presented. And 

the statistics make it more 
frightening. One in four Ameri- 
cans can expect to develop cancer 
at some time; ultimately the dis- 
ease affects two in three families. 

By the time most cancers are 
detected, the cancer has already 
existed for two-thirds of its life 
span. This means 80 percent of 
the cancers have spread to sur- 
rounding tissues. This spread of 
the disease is what makes cancer 
so hard to treat. 

Originally radiation therapy 
was used after surgery to destroy 
any cancer cells the surgeon 
might have left behind. Even 
though radiation therapy is the 
second most common approach to 
treating cancer and about half of 
all cancer patients receive this 
modality of treatment, the idea of 
radiation therapy is frightening to 
most people. New techniques 
now enable high doses of radia- 
tion to be centered on the dis- 
eased tissues, and yet normal cells 
receive a minimum amount of 

Hazra admits he is prejudiced 
toward the use of radiation as a 
cancer treatment, and states em- 
phatically, "a radiation oncologist 
is the only physician whose whole 
residency is in the study of 
cancer. We study the forms cancer 

takes, its growth patterns and the 
methods of control. " 

The radiation oncologist is 
trained to use the killing proper- 
ties of radiation to destroy the 
cancer cells. These physicians 
prescribe a total radiation dose 
showing the areas which will 
receive the treatment and in- 
dicating the normal tissue and 
organs that must be shielded from 
the rays. 

One patient, Mrs. Charlotte 
Harvill, was first treated for breast 
cancer over six years ago. At that 
time she underwent a mastec- 
tomy. Three years later the cancer 
reappeared in the scar tissue, and 
she received chemotherapy for 18 
months. Another three years 
passed, and her doctor noticed 
another tumor in the scar tissue. 
A bone scan also indicated a tiny 
tumor on her lower spine. 

Her physician recommended 
consultation with the radiation 
oncologist. Her first visit to the 
radiation oncology department 
was scheduled for the next day. 
More than an hour had been 
spent with Hazra at the first 
meeting. They discussed her 
medical history and her reoccur- 
ence of the disease. He did a 
physical examination. Mrs. Har- 
vill and Hazra decided radiation 
therapy would begin within the 
next two days. "A lot of time was 

Gail Smith and Judy McLane, radiation therapy technologists, adjust 
the cobalt machine and insure proper patient placement for a facial 

A patient's first treatment is double-checked 
by radiation oncologist Dr. Ramesh Rao, who 
prescribed the radiation dose and indicated the 
area to be treated. 

spent explaining the treatment 
and how it might affect me. They 
[nurses and doctors] eased my 
fears and tensions," says Mrs. 

The next day she spent three 
hours with Mr. Richard W. Lloyd, 
a registered therapy technician 
and dosimetrist. He and a radia- 
tion physicist planned the actual 
treatment as prescribed by Hazra. 
This included calculating the radi- 
ation dose per treatment and the 
best treatment pattern. He used a 
simulator, which duplicates the 
beam patterns of each of the four 
radiation machines, to determine 
Mrs. Harvill's body placements 
during the treatment sessions. 

He then marked the corners of 
the radiation fields with small 
permanent blue freckle tatoos. 
Next a wire was placed against 
her body and pressed into a 
contour of her exact shape in the 
correct treatment position. This 
would later be used as a mold to 
form a permanent outline of her 
body. The mold helps insure 
proper body placement and is 
removed before therapy begins. 
Last, he used the diagnostic X- 
rays to determine the size and 
shape of lead blocks to shield her 
lungs and other normal tissues. 
These individually tailored lead 
blocks are placed on a platen just 
below the radiation beam and 

keep 80 to 85 percent of the 
radiation away from the shielded 

For some patients, especially 
children, a total body cast may 
need to be created to immobilize 
the patient during treatment. 
Blocks and casts match identically 
with the patients' organs. After 
treatments are completed, these 
are melted down and reformed 
for another person. 

"He explained everything as he 
went along and took X-rays which 
showed me the exact areas to be 
treated," says Mrs. Harvill. 

Later that day, Lloyd used an 
electronic stylus to trace the diag- 
nostic X-rays. This programmed 
the department's computer for the 
final calculations on beam fields 
and angles for her treatment. The 
computer calculates the minimum 
and maximum radiation doses to 
the tumors and to the surround- 
ing normal tissue. All of the 
calculations are checked by 
another dosimetrist and by the 
radiation oncologist. 

At Mrs. Harvill's 10:30 ap- 
pointment the next day, the 
therapy technologists explained 
each step of the procedure. "As 
they adjusted the machine and 
placed the blocks, they made sure 
I knew what was happening," 
says Mrs. Harvill. 

The technicians monitored her 
position by closed circuit televi- 

sion. If she moved they would 
immediately stop the radiation 
beam. "Everyone answered my 
questions honestly. The treatment 
was made as nice as possible," 
says Mrs. HarvUl. 

The radiation oncologist 
monitors the normal tissues and 
tumor tissues during the treat- 
ment period. The members of the 
department also review each of 
the patient charts at least twice a 
week. "We go through the chart 
and pick it apart," says Adele 
Jackson, chief radiation therapy 
technologist. "We look for any- 
thing relating to the treatment, 
including notes on the patient's 
reactions to the therapy." 

When Mrs. Harvill's treatments 
have been completed, she will 
return to the department once 
every month for six months for 
follow-up sessions, then once 
every two to three months, with 
these sessions diminishing to 
once a year after five years. 
During these follow-ups, the 
physician makes sure the cancer- 
ous tissue has regressed, deter- 
mines the reactions of the normal 
tissue and checks for evidence of 
a reoccurrence of the disease. 

"Our biggest thrill," says Mar- 
garet Brand, R.N. and head 
nurse, "is seeing the patients 
when they come back for the 
follow-up exams." 

A Community Experience 

"We need a grocery store and a 
drug store in this neighborhood," 
states one resident of the Ran- 
dolph area, which is south of 
VCU. "What we really need," 
states another resident, "is a 
shopping center." 

These people are expressing 
concerns over their neighborhood. 
They live in what was an urban 
renewal area, and many homes 
were torn down to make way for 
quality housing. This housing is 
yet to come, and the people who 
lost their homes have had to 
move into other areas of Rich- 
mond. Mrs. Bessie Jones, co- 
ordinator of West End R-CAP 
Center, says, "The residents and 
former residents have first priority 
for the new homes and apart- 
ments, but they won't be able to 
afford what's going up anyhow." 

It was last year when she and 
other representatives from the 
Richmond Community AcHon 
Program (R-CAP) met with repre- 
sentatives of the School of Social 
Work to identify several areas for 
social service outreach to the 
Randolph, Maymont and Oregon 
Hill communities. 

Citizens of these areas need 
many services including parent/ 
child counseling services, infor- 
mation and referral services, ser- 
vices to the elderly and help in 
community development ac- 

Members of the senior citizen "Feeling 
Good" exercise group walk the VITA 
course at Byrd Park. 

The school had previous expe- 
rience with these communities, 
and it was agreed that a field 
instruction unit of ten graduate 
students would be assigned to the 
Randolph Community Center. 

The placement began with an 
introduction to the area. The 

students learned what R-CAP 
provides, took a tour of the 
community and became familiar 
with the activities and projects 
available to the community resi- 

As a part of this "getting to 
know Randolph" process, each 
student was assigned a case and 
began working with that family 
on their problems. "Students 
quickly learned each case was 
multi-faceted. People appear to 
have one problem, but actually 
have a multitude of problems that 
mesh and must all be dealt with," 
says Jones. "At times, students 
may even find a family that has a 
particular behavior pattern which 
causes the problems, and they 
will learn that nothing will solve 
the problems, because the family 
doesn't really want them solved. 
The family members feed off one 
another's strengths and weak- 
nesses." Jones continues, "Stu- 
dents will soon learn to go on to 
another family and another 

Jones should know, since she 
began as a neighborhood worker 
for R-CAP and worked her way to 
the West End coordinator's posi- 

R-CAP has been Richmond's 
non-profit anti-poverty agency 
since 1965. It has served as an 
advocate for low-income disad- 
vantaged persons. It operates the 
Head Start program, provides 

The Randolph clothes closet. 

Comprehensive Employment 
Training Act (CETA) activities, 
works with offenders, has senior 
citizen nutrition sites and social 
activities, provides energy (fuel 
and weatherizing) assistance to 
families, and has outreach work- 
ers to go into the community to 
locate problem areas and help the 
community work to solve those 

The ten graduate students were 
asked by R-CAP to serve in an 
outreach capacity and were asked 
to survey housing problems in the 
Randolph community. This was 
an immediate need, since vacant 
homes were being vandalized and 
set on fire. The students provided 
information on the number and 
locations of vacated and un- 
bearded homes in the area, the 
number and location of fires in 
the area and which homes had 
been left vacant and were the 
responsibility of the Redevelop- 
ment Housing Authority. Further, 
they spoke with city officials 
about rodent problems, gas 
leakages and demolition 

The students submitted a report 
to the Planning and Evaluation 
Committee of the West End Ad- 
visory Council, a community 
group which acts in an advisory 
capacity to the Randolph R-CAP 
Community Center. This report 
resulted in the housing authority's 
demolishing the majority of the 
vacant and abandoned structures. 

According to Mrs. Charlotte S. 
Schrieberg, associate professor of 
social work and director of field 
instruction, these activities pro- 
vided a good foundation for the 
students to learn about the com- 
munity and "allowed them to 
learn what social work is actually 

The students learned about 
community identity, says Mrs. 
Alice L. Barber, associate profes- 
sor of social work and field 
instructor for the unit. "They 
learned that low-income persons 
do have a sense of community 
and a sense that they belong 
somewhere. Also, low-income 

Lorraine Bloxsom, social ivork graduate student, works with volunteers, ]oan Coleman, 
project chairman, and Robert Chaney, to prepare 100 Thanksgiving baskets for needy 

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persons can have pride in them- 
selves, their homes and their 
community," says Barber. 

During the three-month period 
the students were involved in the 
vacant housing survey, they were 
also involved in a follow-up on 
school drop-outs who reside in 
the area. Richmond Public 
Schools had requested assistance 
from R-CAP in providing social 
work services to young people 
who had dropped out of school 
the previous year, and the stu- 
dents were assigned this project. 
A total of 190 cases were served 
by the unit, and 15 cases were 
served through follow-up con- 

The Richmond City Department 
of Recreation and Parks requested 
a survey of 100 households in the 
Maymont area to determine inter- 
est in night recreational activities. 
The Randolph Unit Boy's Club 
had lost members because of 
urban renewal activities. 

One student says, "It's hard to 
believe all of the external and 
internal forces working on these 
people and their community. It 
seems the seniors decided to stay 
when urban renewal became an 
option, while the younger fami- 
lies decided to move. They have 
a strong commitment to the 
area," says Lorraine Bloxsom, a 
student working in the area this 

Each student also worked on a 
project requested by the advisory 
council. These projects were the 
result of outreach into the com- 
munity, from studies documenting 
the problems, or from residents 
asking for assistance. Included 
was the development and opera- 
tion of a clothes closet, an after- 
school tutorial program, a reality 
orientation group for senior 
citizens, and the development of 
a federal grant for a Tot-Lot 

The student unit is back in 
Randolph again this year. The 
students plan to continue some 
activities begun last year, such as 
the clothes closet, but for the most 
part will develop new projects 
with the residents to meet com- 

Rachcla Axelrod, social work graduate 
student, sorting clothes for the Randolph 
clothes closet. 

munity needs. They propose a 
self-help group for pregnant teen- 
agers, to teach parenting skills, 
prenatal care and parent effec- 
tiveness. They would like to start 
a group for middle-aged persons, 
to offer support for the solving of 
individual and family problems. 
They also would like to establish 
a day care center. These activities 
are being proposed to the West 
End Advisory Council for its 

According to students, field 
supervisors and the staff of the 
Randolph Center, the trend now 
is for younger people to move 
into the area. All agree the 
struggles of the community have 
made it stronger and closer as a 

Students and field placement supervisors meet weekly to discuss 
social service projects for the Randolph community. 

A cover illustrntioii for Science magazine used to illustrate an article on visual receptive fields of cells in the optic 
tectum of the iguana. Research conducted at MCV by Dr. Neal S. Gaither (M.D. '80) and Dr. Barry E. Stein, 
assistant professor of physiology. ^j 

A Beginning, a Middle and No End 

"It all began as a service to the 
'performing dog circuit'," said 
Melvin C. Shaffer, director of the 
Visual Education Department. He 
went on to explain that the 
'circuit' is actually "physicians 
presenting their papers at medical 
conferences," and concluded by 
stating the department now 
handles in-house educational ser- 
vices for both undergraduate and 
graduate students on the MCV 

This department grew from one 
individual, Shaffer, into a com- 
plex operation which employs 45 
full-time staff and has four divi- 
sions. It also employs writers and 
artists on a free-lance basis. 

As the department's name im- 
plies, the major focus is on visual 
media. These include television, 
illustrations, photographs and 
slides, exhibits and printed mate- 

Computer tomography scan 



Ankle surgery 

Pre-operative foot 


Anatomical illustration of the sacrum. 

All of this began just after 
World War II because there was a 
tremendous need for physicians, 
and MCV began to look for new 
ways to extend its teaching re- 
sources. One of the methods 
chosen was the use of audio- 
visual materials. 

Many of these innovative 

techniques were brought to stu- 
dents by live television. Dr. Harry 
Bear, then dean of the School of 
Dentistry, maximized television's 
potential by having students learn 
how to hold the dental instru- 
ments and how to work on 
specific problems through the use 
of the television close up. 

Because of a firm foundation in 
what media could and could not 
provide to faculty and the convic- 
tion that technology would have 
to be used to train more and 
better physicians, the use of 
media grew. 


Instructional materials are developed and designed. 

Surgical procedure drawn from operat'ing room observations. 

During the late 1960s MCV and 
its innovative approach for using 
media in the classroom received 
international attention. "We be- 
came in demand for advice and 
became consultants to institutions 
and agencies, such as the World 
Health Organization, UNESCO 
and the Hope Project," said Shaf- 

The mid-1960s brought changes 
in the concepts governing the 
medical school curricula, and this 
had a great impact on the future 

of the department. At that time, a 
body systems approach to teach- 
ing medicine was designed and 
adopted by the school. This 
meant students would first learn 
about the ceil structures, then 
progress to muscles, then to 
nerves and so on, but there were 
no classroom materials for this 
method of teaching. 

The visual education depart- 
ment was brought in to assist 
faculty in the preparation of both 
printed and audio-visual class- 
room materials. This evolved to 

include the formation of Learning 
Resource Centers. These are areas 
where medical, dental and nurs- 
ing students have access to both 
the printed and visual materials 
which supplement their 

Yet, the expansion into pre- 
paring written materials and 
staffing learning centers has not 
diminished the necessity for the 
medical illustrators or photogra- 
phers, and their work still speaks 
the language of the physician. 


The Business of Marketing 
and Distributive Education 

Tunes have changed! Also some 
attitudes have changed, but not as 
many as Vivien King Ely, profes- 
sor of education, would like. 
Twenty years ago a high school 
student in distributive education 
was considered a "dummy" by 
those students headed for college, 
and today, says Ely, "distributive 
education still isn't entirely re- 
spectable in the academic com- 

"What we have tried to do is to 
make ourselves indispensable. 
One challenge is to help the 
students who haven't been aca- 
demically successful in school to 
become competent in marketing. 
There is a real need for the DE 
teacher. We provide a valued 
service to the business commu- 
nity. The U.S. Department of 
Labor estimates that almost 20 
million workers will be needed to 
fill marketing positions in the next 
five years." 

"In the early days, distributive 
education was often considered 
the student's last hope by high 
school counselors," says Cheryl 
M. Tilley, adult specialist for 
marketing and distributive educa- 
tion for Richmond Public Schools. 
"If students were trouble makers 
or having problems in regular 
classes, they were sent to DE 
And college prep students didn't 
even know we existed. DE was 

considered the 'catchall' among 
the vocational education courses." 

In many ways this perception of 
distributive education contributed 
to the strengths of the program. 
"Some students were unemploy- 
able when they came to us; 
we had to help them become 
productive as they changed their 
attitudes toward school and 
learned how to get and hold a 
job," says Tilley. 

"Our teachers have the time to 
care about the individual stu- 
dent," adds Mary-Meade H. Lee, 
supervisor of marketing and dis- 
tributive education for Richmond 
Public Schools. "We work with 
students in the classroom and on 
the job. Other teachers often 
don't have the time to get to 
know the total student." 

There is a growing respect for 
marketing and distributive educa- 
tion. It has developed a model for 
competency-based education. 
"We have spent a long time 
developing this curriculum," says 
Ely, "and have improved it to the 
point where occupational success 
in marketing is accessible to al- 
most every student." 

Distributive education began in 
Virginia in the mid-1930s as an 
educational support for the re- 
tailing industry. The first pro- 
grams were for adults and made a 
tremendous impact on the busi- 

ness community in Waynesboro. 
The Virginia originator, Louise 
Bernard, simultaneously became 
the first state supervisor of DE 
and the first director of the School 
of Store Services at RPI, where 
students prepared to teach DE Ln 
Virginia high schools or to assume 
middle management employment 
in retailing. 

Last December, after several 
years of consideration, distribu- 
tive education approved a name 
change. The new name, market- 
ing and distributive education, 
emphasizes the marketing indus- 
try for which the program pre- 
pares and upgrades workers. The 
new name helps answer the ques- 
tion: "What is DE?" 

The mission of marketing and 
distributive education is to pre- 
pare competent workers for the 
marketing of goods and services. 
The term "distributive" was 
originally chosen to highlight the 
process which brings goods and 
services from those who produce 
them to those who use them. 

"Many people think retailing 
doesn't pay well, so they are 
turned off by the field of market- 
ing, but we believe this is where 
the action is. Some people in 
marketing begin at the bottom, 
and people in other professions 
may start at higher salaries, but 


over the long haul the rewards in 
marketing occupations are great 
or greater. Persons who are will- 
ing to work can get these big 
rewards," says Thomas A. Heph- 
ner, associate professor of 
marketing and distributive educa- 
tion in educational services. "But 
trying to get a 15 year old to see 
this is difficult. 

"Also, it's one field where you 
don't need a college education. 
Yet, a competent person can 
achieve job satisfaction and make 
a good living," Hephner con- 
tinues. "At VCU we have a 
number of students who took 
distributive education as an easy 
way to 'get out of class' when 
they were in high school and then 
decided to attend college so they 
could teach DE. This is one of our 
greatest rewards." 

The marketing and distributive 
teacher education degree program 
at VCU requires students to com- 
plete 22 semester hours of busi- 
ness courses and at least one 
year's occupational experience in 
marketing. One student, Marion 
Stewart, was originally enrolled in 
merchandising management in a 
community college; then she de- 
cided she wanted to teach. "I 
want to help students develop 
maturity and learn the satisfaction 
of a job well done," says Stewart. 
"It's wonderful to see someone 
progress and gain self-confidence. 
Since DE teachers have to work 
with individual students on job 
placement, we have to know their 
needs. For many students, this 
could be the first time a teacher 
has provided individual instruc- 
tion; so they perform well at their 

In some ways, the marketing 
and distributive education teacher 
acts as a vocational guidance 
counselor. Mrs. Dahila Briggs, 
marketing and distributive educa- 
tion teacher-coordinator at 
Armstrong High School, 
Richmond Public Schools, says, 
"Our biggest task is finding the 
right job for each of our students. 
We have to find their strengths 
and weaknesses, then the specific 
job for their talents. At times it 
isn't easy." 

Cheryl M. Tilley, adult specialist for marketing and distributive education for Richmond 
Public Schools, teaches an adult education course for women entering management positions. 

The first year, tenth grade, of 
marketing and distributive educa- 
tion helps the students determine 
their career goals and trains stu- 
dents in decision making 
techniques. These students learn 
how to prepare for a job inter- 
view, how to write a resume and 
how to use basic communication 
skills. Further, they learn the 
fundamentals of marketing. Stu- 
dents are taught to view a job in 
marketing as part of the total 
community and to understand its 
importance in the economic sys- 

According to Cecil F. 
Thompson, adult specialist in 
marketing and distributive educa- 
tion for Richmond Public Schools, 
students need quality career edu- 
cation. He says, "This should 
begin at the kindergarten level, 
where they should become aware 
of the jobs that people do. Gradu- 
ally, students should have oppor- 
tunities to explore occupations so 
they can begin to make intelligent 
decisions about their lives before 
the big "career" decision has to 
be made." 


"Of course, we'd like students 
to choose the marketing field for 
their careers, but of course some 
decide to go into other areas," 
says Tilley. 

The DE program in Virginia's 
high schools is competency- 
based. Students compete against 
themselves in performing sales 
demonstrations, employment in- 
terviewing and other technical 
marketing skills in more than a 
dozen marketing industries such 
as food marketing, restaurant 
marketing, hotel /motel /lodging 
marketing, and apparel and ac- 
cessories marketing. 

"The students learn practical 
skills, which can be used over and 
over again," says Ely. "They also 
learn to develop positive self- 
concepts and how their tasks 
contribute to the total marketing 
role of the company." 

"We try to make them aware of 
the human element in working 
with the consumer," adds Tilley. 
"They must be sensitive to the 
needs of the customer and how to 
meet these needs. Marketing fo- 
cuses on the profit element; profit 
takes care of itself, if the human 
element is taken of." 

"I got into DE to get out of 
classes early," says Betty Shelton 
Hayes, a recent graduate of Ken- 
nedy High School in Richmond. 
"I needed to work and got a 
better job than kids who found 
one on their own. DE helped me 
develop my self-confidence, and I 
developed leadership abilities 
when I became president of 

DECA, the Distributive Educa- 
tion Clubs of America, is a 
student-centered organization 
whose purpose is the develop- 
ment of leadership and socializa- 
tion skills. All students enrolled in 
DE are members of the local 
chapter of DECA. Students may 
join DECA at the local, state and 
national levels. 

The youth organization pro- 
vides opportunities for students 
to combine learning with social 
activities and offer another area 
where students can excel. Stu- 
dents are tested on the achieve- 

Bctty Shelton Hays, a recent graduate of Kennedy High School, used skills learned in 
marketing and distributive education classes to acquire her position at Life of Virginia. 

C. W. Guthrie, owner-manager of a Golden Skillet Restaurant, and Robert Holloway, 
a recent marketing and distributive education graduate from Huguenot High School, 
prepare chicken for frying. 


The importance of good communication skills is demonstrated to an adult education class by using a child's toy, an assembly illustration 
and a divider between the communication sender and receiver. 

merit of competence in tasks 
identified for their marketing in- 
dustry. Those who demonstrate 
competence at the local chapter 
can advance to district, state and 
national levels. 

An advanced competency test 
might instruct the student to put 
together an outfit for a fashion 
show and to tell the judges the 
selling points of the outfit. The 
student would have to know the 
information from the hang 
tags — price range, fabric content, 
washability — and the remainder 
of the test would evaluate 
mathematics, public speaking and 
human relations skills. 

The DECA program also offers 
the students social activities, such 
as a Christmas party, civic proj- 
ects such as providing 
Thanksgiving baskets for needy 
families, officer elections and in- 
stallation ceremonies and busi- 
ness community surveys or proj- 

Robert Holloway, a recent 
graduate of Huguenot High 
School in Richmond, enrolled in 

DE for job experience. For two 
years he worked at a Golden 
Skillet Restaurant. His first jobs 
were to prepare and cook the 
food; now he is responsible for 
the store when the owner- 
manager, C. W. Guthrie, is not 
there and for reconciling the cash 
and inventory. 

Holloway says, "The experience 
has made me look at my life 
differently. Now, I plan to go to 
college and major in economics." 

"DE has been a good experi- 
ence for me," says Guthrie. "The 
caliber of student is high, and I 
have had help in training the 
student for my operation. It is 
rewarding to see these kids work 
and learn. After Bob's gone to 
college, I plan to have another DE 

Marketing and distributive edu- 
cation also provides adult courses 
for marketing businesses. These 
courses focus on employee, 
supervisory and management 
level skills and are available to 
any marketing business. The main 

objective, as with all marketing 
and distributive education 
courses, is to develop new 
marketing employment skills or 
help employed persons develop 
skills to prepare them for ad- 

Ely sums up the thoughts of 
most DE teachers, when she 
notes, "I have a dream job. I have 
one foot in the marketing com- 
munity, another in education, and 
I know that I am helping to 
prepare DE teacher-coordinators 
who provide a service that is 
needed in the marketing commu- 
nity, and who help individuals 
find satisfying and productive 
occupations in marketing." 

Mrs. Dahila Briggs, B.S. distributive 

education 73 

Dr. Vivien King Ely, M.S. distributive 

education '65 

Mrs. Mary Meade H. Lee, M.Ed. 

distributive education '77 

Mr. Cecil F. Thompson, M.Ed. 

administration and supervision '78 

Mrs. Cheryl M. Tilley, B.S. distributive 

education '71 


We're Not Bound by Tradition 

"J- Edgar Hoover was a great man. He was a great leader. Hoover's basic policy was 'if you 
take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves/ " says John E. Lawler, 
former administrative assistant to Hoover. 

According to Lawler, Hoover was a very demanding person, but at the same time he did not 
require anything of his agents that he would not do himself. 

"Hoover had a knack for writing his criticisms on the memoranda he received. Little short 
statements. One of them, I will never forget said, 'This memorandum burns me up, but leaves 
me cold'." 

Lawler also served in the field and was agent-in-charge of the Richmond office during 1939 
and from 1941 through 1950, when he retired. His field experiences included dealing with 
espionage in Richmond during the 1940s. This meant the gathering of data. The FBI used paid 
informants, telephone taps, microphone surveillance and kept a watch on Alice Burke, 
secretary of District 26 of the Communist Party in America. 

The F.B.I, watch on Burke consisted of agents following her, searches of her trash and post 
office tracers on all of her mail. Lawler says, "We very seldom made arrests. We were 
interested in gathering data." But from time to time, Burke's apartment would be broken into, 
since the Bureau had access to her apartment and keys to everything. 

"I will never forget," says Lawler, "when eight Nazi saboteurs came here. Two of them 
decided on the submarine coming over here that they would defect. They called the New York 
office, and that office thought they were crazy. They had heard about Mr. Hoover, so they 
came to Washington, checked into a hotel and then called and wanted to speak with Mr. 
Hoover. Well, Mr. Hoover gave the assignment to the assistant director and finally it got down 
to me." 

The defecting Nazis told Lawler they had half a million dollars to carry out their mission, but 
wanted to txirn themselves in. Lawler thought his callers were crazy but invited them to his 
office. In the meantime, he sent Washington field agents to their hotel to check out the story. 

"By the time they got here we were on pins and needles," says Lawler, "because the agents 
had already checked the room and told us about all the stuff in the suitcase. Of course, this 
resulted in the apprehension of six of the Nazi saboteurs." 

"All of them got the electric chair except for the two who turned state's evidence, and I think 
they got 30 years or something like that," says Lawler. 

Lawler says, "that when we deal with intelligence work, it's totally different from law 
enforcement. We are dealing with people who will undermine our form of government. In 
connection with criminal activities, we obeyed all the rules right down to the letter. In 
connection with intelligence operations, it's a different field entirely. You have to fight fire with 

After retiring from the F.B.I., Lawler was "picked up on a businesslike basis" by the C.I. A. 
"I set up a corporation known as United Business Associates. We were investing in certain 
African interests. . . Our purpose was to set up the Libyan Airlines in competition with the 
Russian government in order to have a base that we could lift friendly people out of. " We set 
up the Old Dominion Research Company in Richmond, which was used as a base for training 
agents for undercover work. 

Interview with Lawler was conducted by Dan Yanchisin and is available in the Special Collections Department of the 
James Branch Cabell Library. 


This espionage of the '40s and 
'50s can be reUved through an 
oral history tape and Lawler's 
F.B.I, files, which are available in 
the Special Collections Depart- 
ment of the James Branch Cabell 

Lawler shares shelf space with 
the equal suffrage movement, 
cartoons and caricatures from 
Hogarth to MacNelly, Oral 
Roberts, Richmond's literary 
figures and others. 

"The items we are most proud 
of," says Dan Yanchisin, special 
collections librarian, "are the 
cartoons. We have more than a 
representative sample of political 
cartoons, especially for World 
War I and World War II. Someone 
could produce some good papers 
on the social history of the war, 
the effects of the war on the home 
front and the propaganda value of 

Most people expect items in the 
VCU collection to be similar to 
those at the University of Virginia 
or the Virginia Historical Society, 
Yanchisin notes. But he is quick to 
point out that VCU's history as an 
art school and as an urban univer- 
sity has led the department to 
specialize in materials unique to 
VCU and to Richmond. 

"What our library has is not 
bound by tradition. We have 
collections in areas that others 
have not explored." The depart- 
ment is interested in exploring 
avenues related to the 20th cen- 
tury, and the collection is viewed 
as a research collection rather 

than a rare book collection. For 
example, the 600 volume book art 
collection is one of the biggest in 
the country, and materials on 
Richmond's literary figures have 
attracted out-of-state researchers. 
The department also holds the 
archives of the Poetry Society of 
Virginia and the Richmond 
Croom Beatty papers, which con- 
tain information on his poetry and 
that of Robert Penn Warren. The 
Harry M. Meacham collection re- 
lates to the development of 

modern poetry, including Ezra 
Pound correspondence. Other 
papers, such as those of Dabney 
Stuart, contain manuscripts and 
typescripts of poems or books. 

Yanchisin says, "I am intrigued 
by the possibilities of some of the 
collections such as the Helena 
Lefroy Caperton papers. Caperton 

produced manuscripts on 
Richmond social history, espe- 
cially on the Richmond Monday 
German. Although Caperton be- 
longed to the upper crust of 
Richmond society, she often took 
a humorous swipe at her own 

The "biggie", according to Yan- 
chisin, is the 100 cubic foot 
collection of the Adele Clark 
papers. This contains material on 
the cultural, educational and so- 
cial history of Richmond and 
Virginia, the Equal Suffrage 
League, and state governmental 
reform in the 1920s. Also, her 
collection covers the arts in Vir- 
ginia, particularly the W.P.A. ef- 

Along with materials normally 
associated with a library collec- 
tion, VCU's has a few oddities. 
Yanchisin' s favorite is a cartoon 
by Billy DeBeck. What is unusual 
is that the cartoon is on the door 
from DeBeck's studio. Yanchisin 
hopes that the door will someday 
be framed in plexiglas and 
mounted in the department. 

Another rarity is the large col- 
lection of audio tapes, many of 
which were produced by the 
history department. The collection 
grew when VCU became the 
repository for the tapes, trans- 
cripts and proceedings of the 
Richmond Oral History Society 
and the Richmond bicentennial 
office. "If a person wants to sit 
down and listen, he can prob- 
ably piece together an accurate 
picture of what old Richmond was 
really like," says Yanchisin. 

He advises genealogists, "pack 


rats" or anyone who wants to 
preserve family papers to, first, 
keep all pictures, label them and 
keep the negatives. These pictures 
should not be written on; instead, 
a slip of paper identifying the 
person or activity should be at- 
tached to the picture or the 
picture should be placed in an 
album or file folder which allows 
individual identifications. Do not 
use metal paper clips or staples, 
since these can rust and injure the 
photograph or any other docu- 

If correspondence or business 
files are going to be kept, do not 
fold the items or rearrange them 
into a "more logical order." In- 
stead, the files should be main- 
tained as a unit, in their original 
order. This order can then in- 
dicate how a family member 
operated the system and how the 
system developed. For example, 
the order of business files may 
indicate which items were consid- 
ered most important. 

If any items are considered 
extremely important, they should 
be placed in special acid-free file 
folders. According to Yanchisin, 
these are available through office 

He also suggests that a family 
biography and a genealogical 
chart be made to show relation- 
ships between family members. 

Additionally, do not depend on 
poor quality documents, such as 
those that have faded or are on 
onion skin. Instead have copies 
made on quality paper to preserve 
the information they contain. 

If your family is beginning a 
personal file, he suggests putting 
items in chronological order and 
writing a memorandum to family 
members on contents and how 
the files are being kept. 

For those collecting memora- 
bilia, he suggests keeping all 
materials in a single location and 
keeping notes on why the items 
are of special significance. 

Finally, anyone who wants to 
preserve documents for a library 

collection should make arrange- 
ments with the library of his 
choice and have these arrange- 
ments noted in his will. Addi- 
tionally, meeting with a librarian 
can lead to an assessment of the 

value of the papers for insurance 

Yanchisin's advise for collectors 
of family materials is, "don't be 
overly modest, yet don't consider 
everything of value." 



— save photographs and negatives, especially black and 

white pictvires 
— idenhfy photographs 
— save maps and drawings 
— make genealogical charts of your family 
— preserve documents in an orderly fashion 
— make security copies of rare or important documents 
— appraise your documents and list them for insurance 

— make provisions for saving your family papers and seek 

professional advice 


— fold documents 

— use pins, staples or other metal fasteners that will rust 

or corrode documents 
— write on photographs or the backs of photographs 
— use rubber bands 
— use tape on documents 


Did \bu Know... 

Unhappy Holiday 

Modem technology has brought 
new childhood poisoning hazards 
to the holidays, according to the 
staff of the Central Virginia 
Poison Center located at MCV. 

"Small, dime-sized batteries 
used in cameras, watches and 
hearing aids can come apart if 
swallowed, releasing poisonous 
chemicals," said Pegeen Healy, 
R.N. and center coordinator. 
"Shaving cream looks good 
enough to eat and fun to squirt 
from aerosol cans," she con- 

If swallowed, scented oils, 
which are becoming popular in 
home candle making, can cause 
aspiration pneumonia and nerv- 
ous system damage. But, because 
they smell great, especially the 
spice and sassafras scents, young- 
sters are sometimes lured to drink 

Other holiday poisons and 
hazards include some plants, 
angel hair, airplane glue, scissors, 
pins, paints, liquor and medica- 

The most severe and sometime 
lethal childhood poisonings are 
caused by mistletoe and Jerusalem 
cherries. "Just one or two berries 
can be a lethal dose;" says Healy, 
"much less dangerous are holly 
and poinsettia, which are intesti- 
nal irritants." 

Toxic doses of alcohol in chil- 
dren occur often at holidays. "It's 
a real problem," says Healy, 
"because it doesn't take much for 
them to overdose." Children can 
go easily beyond drunkenness. 
The poison center staff suggests 
one way to prevent this accident 
is to clean up right after a party. 

Healy advises that medicines 
should not be taken in the pres- 
ence of young children, who 
may imitate the act. Medications 
left in a purse, a coat pocket or 
otherwise accessable place can 

also contribute to the potential of 

Healy suggests a bottle of 
Syrup of Ipecac be kept in the 
house to induce vomiting. "It 
should be administered only on 
the advice of the poison center 
because vomiting is not good first 
aid for some poisons," says 

If poisoning is suspected, call a 
poison control center to learn 
what emergency measures should 
be taken and the location of the 
nearest hospital emergency room. 
The center will notify the hospital 
of the emergency situation and 
assist in determining the treat- 
ment. The Central Virginia Poison 
Center at MCV is available 24 
hours a day by telephone at (804) 

A Celebration 

Twenty-five years have passed 
since the School of Rehabilitation 
Counseling was started at 
Richmond Professional Institute. 
The school, one of the first in the 
nation, was started on funds 
provided by a grant from the U.S. 
Department of Health, Education 
and Welfare. 

There was a lack of rehabilita- 
tion textbooks and professional 
journals when the school began, 
so the faculty had field experience 
rather than academic training. 
Since that time, the rehabilitation 
counseling faculty has contributed 
significantly to the professional 
literature, with more than 100 
journal articles and 55 textbooks 
having been published. 

The department, now part of 
the School of Community Ser- 
vices at VCU, has the advantage 
of being one of few to have a 
cooperative program between the 
university and state agencies for 
the training of rehabilitation per- 
sonnel. Through this agreement, 
the department has full-time fac- 

ulty and staff at the Woodrow 
Wilson Rehabilitation Center in 
Fishersville, Virginia, to assist in 
providing continuing education 
training for rehab counselors in 
the field. The arrangement has led 
to a post-induction training pro- 
gram, which has been a model for 
similar training programs across 
the nation. 

The department also has a 
bi-monthly week-end work study 
program, which is reported to be 
the largest in the nation. The 
department has entered into an 
agreement with the Inter- 
American Children's Institute of 
Montevideo, Uruguay, to ex- 
change information and hold 

Through most of this growth, 
one man, Keith C. Wright, has 
been "Mr. Rehab Counseling." 
He is called this by his peers and 
his students, since he "embodies 
all that is rehab counseling." At 
the 25th anniversary celebration, 
the department presented him 
with two awards: one, a silver 
bowl to commemorate his 23 
years of service to the department 
and the other, a plaque, acknowl- 
edging the establishment of the 
Keith C. Wright Symposiums, 
which will be held each fall. 

Wright has received national 
awards for his contributions to the 
profession, but says, "This means 
the most. My peers know me, not 
just my listed accomplishments. 
They know my faults, weaknesses 
and values and have accepted me 
as I am. But, it's not just me; it's 
the department which has con- 
tributed significantly to rehab 
counseling. Some of our gradu- 
ates hold key positions through- 
out the U.S., and our graduates 
are leaders in Virginia. So, we feel 
that we have had an influence on 
the positive changes which are 
occuring in rehab counseling." 

A Fulbright and Paradise 

From teaching in the "bush" to 
lecturing at a university located in 
a seacoast "paradise," Dr. Richard 
K. Priebe's experience in Africa as 
a student and as a professor of 
English continues to be varied. 

Priebe, associate professor of 


English, recently received a 
Fulbright-Hays Award to teach 
and do research for one year at 
the University of Cape Coast in 
Ghana. The experience will not be 
exactly new to him, since he was 
in the Peace Corps in Nigeria 
between 1964 and 1966 and spent 
a summer in Ghana in 1974. 

As a Peace Corps volunteer he 
taught high school English at St. 
Vincent's College, an impressive 
name for a small missionary bush 
school in Okwagbe, Nigeria. 

When Priebe traveled to Ghana 
in August the circumstances were 
different. He is a senior lecturer at 
one of three institutions of higher 
learning in the country. 

The city where he is staying is 
something of a paradise, accord- 
ing to Priebe, complete with palm 
trees, blue water and a tropical 

He is teaching several courses 
to Ghanaian students, including 
survey classes on American, 
Caribbean, Afro-American and 
African literature. 

Teaching in Ghana will be an 
interesting experience, particu- 
larly in comparison to his seven 
years of teaching at VCU, Priebe 
said. Because VCU students come 
from diverse ethnic backgrounds 
and most know little about Africa, 
Priebe said his courses on African 
literature always involve spending 
a lot of time explaining African 

'Tt will be an interesting switch 
to teach the African students 
without always explaining their 
culture, but the situation will be 
reversed when it comes to teach- 
ing them American literature," 
said Priebe. 

Students in Ghana tend to be 
more aggressive than Americans, 
he said, but that is probably a 
result of the tough selection pro- 
cess. Students there also seem to 
prefer formal teaching situations, 
like lectures, rather than discus- 
sion courses or other types of 
teaching. In fact, the most likely 
complaint about homework from 
Ghanaian students is that there is 
not enough of it. 

Besides his teaching duties. 

Priebe plans to research Ghanaian 
literature. His major area of study 
in graduate school was African 
literature, and he was able to do 
some on-the-spot research in 1974 
when a VCU grant allowed him to 
study popular literature in Ghana. 

During his year-long stay he 
would like to study a variety of 
popular literature. "After World 
War II there was a proliferation of 
indigenous literature in West Af- 
rica," according to Priebe. This 
came about partly because popu- 
lar literature was a tool of ex- 
panded literacy campaigns. 

Priebe has published several 
articles on African and Ghanaian 
literature and writers. With the 
experience he gains from his time 

in Ghana, Priebe hopes to be able 
to complete work on the "first 
book-length study of the history 
and development of written litera- 
ture in Ghana." 

A Winner From MCV 

Dr. Baruj Benacerraf (M.D. '45) 
received the 1980 Nobel Prize for 
Medicine for discoveries leading 
to a better understanding of the 
way some individuals are able to 
mobilize strong immunological re- 
sponses to infections whUe others 
do not. 

Benacerraf is currently the 
president and chief officer of the 
Sidney Farber Cancer Institute 
and chairman of the Department 
of Pathology at Harvard Medical 

Infant Bonding 

Even adoring parents and dot- 
ing grandparents can underesti- 
mate a newborn's abilities ac- 
cording to Drs. Barbara J. Myers 
and Lynne W. Olsho. 

Professionals have only recently 
discovered the many things in- 
fants are capable of doing, say the 
psychology instructors. 

"A baby's senses are pretty 
mature at birth. He can see, hear 
and feel. This includes feeling 
pain and distinguishing different 
odors and tastes," says Myers. 

Babies soon realize they have 
some power over their world. 
They exert power by smiling and 
looking at an adult when they 
want to be held, or babbling when 
they want someone to talk to 

Most people would agree there 
is a special bond between parents 
and their child, says Olsho. 

"We are just beginning to rec- 
ognize that from birth on, babies 
do things which encourage, or 
sometimes discourage, the forma- 
tion of that bond." 

Infants who stiffen and arch 
their backs when held, or those 
who cry a lot may make their 
parents feel rejected. The psy- 
chologists say they have talked to 

parents whose children do not 
seem to respond well to physical 
contact. These parents often state 
their children do not like them. 
This is not true, say Myers and 
Olsho. The child is simply more 
sensitive to being cuddled at 
certain times, and the parents 
should learn to recognize cues 
from the child. 



If you are returning to the 
college classroom to earn a degree 
or just taking a class or two, you 
may wish to talk with someone 
who has had the experience and 
grappled with the demands of 
balancing a job, family life and 
college work. 

Access, a service of the Division 
of Continuing Studies and Public 
Service, gives you the opportun- 
ity to speak with someone "who 
knows the ropes." Call (804) 257- 
0200 and ask for Access; a peer 
counselor will return your call. 

Research Group 

Virginia Commonwealth Uni- 
versity has joined the Southeast- 
ern Universities Research Associa- 
tion, a consortium seeking the 
establishment of a nuclear re- 
search center in this part of the 
United States. 

President Ackell has named Dr. 
Cameron Satterthwaite, chairman 
of the physics department, as the 
university's SURA representative. 

The consortium, which could 
include 17 or more southeastern 
colleges and universities, hopes to 
have an electron accelerator lo- 
cated in this part of the country. 

Keep In Touch 

The Commonwealth Times, 
VCU's student news magazine, 
received national recognition 
during the last academic year, and 
it is available by subscription. 

In national competition the 
Columbia Scholastic Press Asso- 
ciation awarded the Commomuealth 
Times a first place in news 
magazines. Also in national com- 
petition, the Associated Collegiate 
Press gave the Times a first rate 
award. Both awards were based 
on general make-up and content. 

Subscriptions are available for 
$2.50 per semester or $5.00 per 
year. For information regarding a 
subscription contact Susanne 
Seay, Commonwealth Times, 916 
West Franklin Street, Richmond, 
Virginia 23284 or telephone (804) 

Chase Joins VCU 

Bruce W. Chase has been ap- 
pointed treasurer of VCU. He will 
be responsible for cash manage- 
ment, investment and fixed asset 

A 1977 accounting graduate of 
the university. Chase is complet- 
ing his study toward his MBA, 
which will be awarded this 

Chase, a certified public ac- 
countant, worked with the state 
auditor of public accounts for two 
and a half years. During the 
audits of fiscal years 1977 and 
1978, he worked with representa- 
tives of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & 
Company on the university audit 
in capital outlay and fixed asset 
accounting areas. 

For the past year. Chase has 
been on the Richmond staff of 
Coopers & Lybrand, an interna- 
tional public accounting firm. 

They're New 

Seven new degree programs 
have been approved by the State 
Council of Fligher Education for 
Virginia. The new degrees are: a 
master of interdisciplinary studies 
from the Division of Continuing 
Studies and Public Service, a 
master of taxation and a master of 
accountancy in the School of 
Business, a master in recreation 
and a B.A. in public safety from 
the School of Community Ser- 
vices, a bachelor in dance/ 
choreography in the school of the 
Arts and a bachelor of Spanish in 
the School of Arts and Sciences. 


Dr. William H. Barr, chairman. 
Department of Pharmacy and 
Pharmaceutics, was a delegate to 
the U.S. Pharmacopeial Conven- 
tion and was elected to a five-year 
term on the board of trustees. 

Dr. S. Gaylen Bradley, profes- 
sor and chairman, microbiology, 
has been elected to the 1980-85 
Committee of Revision of the 
United States Pharmacopeial 

Dr. I. Kelman Cohen, professor 
and chairman, plastic surgery, has 
been appointed visiting professor 
for 1981 by the Educational Foun- 
dation of the American Society of 
Plastic and Reconstructive Sur- 

Judith B. Collins, M.S.N., 
R.N., associate professor of 
nursing and director, nurse prac- 
titioner programs, has been 
named a fellow of the American 
Academy of Nursing, the national 
organization of nurses who have 
made significant contributions to 
the nursing profession. 

Janet Dalberto, assistant collec- 
tion development librarian, was 
elected chairman of the Washing- 
ton, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia 
chapter of the Art Library Society 
of North America. 

Dr. Leo J. Dunn, professor and 
chairman of obstetrics and 
gynecology, was elected president 
of the American Association of 
Obstetricians and Gynecologists 

Dr. Charles Fair, professor of 
mass communications, is the re- 
cent recipient of the Distinguished 
Campus Adviser award, pre- 
sented by the Society of Profes- 
sional Journalists, Sigma Delta 
Chi. The national award was 
presented to him for his work 
since 1974 with the university's 

Dr. Gilbert W. Fairholm, asso- 
ciate professor of public adminis- 
tration, served as executive direc- 
tor of a study commission on 
telecommunications in Virginia 
for the General Assembly. 

William Hammersley, assistant 
professor of crafts, recently re- 
ceived a National Endowment for 
the Arts Craftsman Fellowship 

Siizanne B. Hirt, chairman. 
Department of Physical Therapy, 
has been awarded the Mary 
McMillan Lectureship Award by 
the American Physical Therapy 

Dr. Susan E. Kennedy, asso- 
ciate professor of history, has 
been named a Hoover Scholar by 
the officers and trustees of the 
Herbert Hoover Presidential Li- 
brary Association. Kennedy is to 
receive a grant-in-aid from the 


association to continue her re- 
search, "Elder Statesman — 
Hoover after the Presidency." 
Dr. Patti Maurer, chairman. 
Department of Occupational 
Therapy, and Dr. Gary 
Kielhofner, assistant professor of 
occupational therapy, have been 
appointed to a research planning 
committee of the American Occu- 
pational Therapy Foundation. 

Dr. James M. May, assistant 
professor of medicine, has been 
awarded the Roger Staubach Re- 
search Grant by the American 
Diabetes Association for his re- 

Dr. John V. Moeser, associate 
professor of urban studies and 
planning, has been appointed by 
the Richmond City Council to the 
Richmond Human Relations 
Commission and has been made 
a member of the newly formed 
Richmond Urban Institute. 

Dr. Paul G. Pierpaoli, director 
of pharmacy services, has been 
elected to a three-year term on the 
Board of Directors of the American 
Society of Hospital Pharmacists. 
He was elected by the members of 
the society, which is the nation's 
major professional group for 
pharmacists who work in hos- 

Dr. A. Patrick L. Priest, Jr., 
chairman. Program of Patient 
Counseling, has been elected 
chairman of the board of profes- 
sional counselors in the Depart- 
ment of Commerce. 

Ann Pry or, R.N., oncology 
nurse clinician, has been elected 
vice-president, president-elect of 
the Association of Pediatric On- 
cology Nursing. 

Dr. John J. Salley, (D.D.S. '51) 
vice-president for research and 
dean. School of Graduate Studies, 
has been elected to the board of 
directors of Oak Ridge Associated 
Universities in Oak Ridge, Ten- 

Dr. Yang H. Yoo, associate 
professor of economics, has been 
awarded a grant from the Na- 
tional Science Foundation for a 
project under his direction enti- 
tled "Scientists and Engineers in 
Economic Development — 
Research and Teaching in Korea." 

Whatever Happened To... 

Robert P. Blwnenstein 

It's a Double Play 

While working in the James 
Branch Cabell Library in 1978, 
Robert P. Blumenstein (M.F.A. 
theatre '79) grew tired of passing 
notes to two deaf co-workers and 
asked if they would teach him 
sign language. 

The language, Ameslan, has no 
helping verbs and, according to 
Blumenstein, when translated 
word-for-word into English, is 
not what hearing persons would 
consider proper English. This is 
because the language is con- 
densed. Words may have only 
one meaning instead of the many 
different meanings used by hear- 

ing persons. For instance, a per- 
son using Ameslan would never 
sign, "They were pretty mad." 
This is because the word "pretty" 
relates only to the elements of 
beauty; therefore, the person 
would sign, "They were very 
mad." Blumenstein says, "It takes 
about five years to become fluent 
because it's an entirely different 

In December 1978, Blumenstein 
began to socialize at the 
Richmond Club of the Deaf; when 
asked about his areas of interest, 
he mentioned playwriting and 
directing. Members of the club 
had given a few short drama- 


more or less read from the script." 
In order to have performers as the 
interpreters, he began to recruit 
VCU's drama students. 

Through experience the com- 
pany has learned to use one of 
three methods for the voice por- 
tion of the productions. For a fast 
moving comedy, as Neil Simon's 
Star Spangled Girl, persons 
speaking the roles are hidden 
from view in the orchestra pit, so 
they do not distract from the 
performers. For a slower paced 
production, the speaking perfor- 
mers provide their own charac- 
ter's voice plus the voice for a 
deaf performer. At other times, 
such as in a dramatic presenta- 
^ tion, the voices come from per- 
sons standing along the sides 
of the stage. 

Rehearsal by two deaf actors, 
Robert Imme and Donald Zoeller, 
for the Neiv Dominion Theatre of the 
Deaf Winter of 1980 production of The 
Canterbury Tales. 

he presentations, but wanted to 
do a real play with a script, lights 
and props. 

Plans slowly began to form as 
interest grew. By February 1979 
the snowball had started to roll, 
and the core group which started 
the theatre was formed. 

By June 1979, the group held 
open auditions. The deaf came, 
but no persons with hearing. 
Blumenstein was then faced with 
the problem of recruiting hearing 
persons to provide the voices for 
the deaf performers. A few weeks 
before the theatre's opening, he 
located interpreters who were 
willing to do this. "It worked out 
fine, except they weren't very 
theatrical," says Blumenstein. 
"Instead the interpreters just 

"It's like directing two plays," 
says Blumenstein, "since both the 
action and the voices must be 
quality theatre presentations, and 
they must also blend as one." 

The theatre productions are 
translated into Ameslan by a deaf 
person, so the translation reflects 
what the deaf would actually 
sign. Occasionally, a sign is al- 
tered, but only so the audience 
can better recognize the sign. In 
some cases, this may mean 
pointing fingers are reworked to 
show the whole hand pointing. 

Each hearing actor or actress 
then learns the signs for their role 
and learns how to recognize the 
signs which clue their part. The 
use of sign language is treated as 
a stage movement, and the actors 
are expected to practice the signs 
as part of their role. This method 
of preparing the hearing has 

worked, and most actors have not 
been hindered by the need to 
learn the signs. In fact, most 
hearing participants have wanted 
to learn more sign language, and 
many have worked with the 
theatre on more than one produc- 

The core group, which formed 
the New Dominion Theatre of the 
Deaf, wants the theatre to attract 
both deaf and hearing persons. 
As the number of people attend- 
ing the performances grew, the 
number of hearing individuals 
attending grew in greater num- 
bers than the deaf. Hearing per- 
sons at the performances now 
outnumber the deaf. Some of this, 
Blumenstein feels, may be due to 
the closeknit deaf community and 
its suspicions toward hearing per- 
sons "coming in and taking 
over." "Because the deaf popula- 
tion lives in, what I would call, 
isolation from the rest of the 
community, it is a subculture. 
And because they have an invisi- 
ble handicap," says Blumenstein, 
"they are preceived as normal, 
but have the language barrier. 
This makes life very hard. The sad 
thing about it is that the U. S. 
government is spending millions 
to mainstream the deaf, but this 
isolationist concept held by some 
deaf and hearing persons is 
damaging the process." 

Blumenstein, as artistic director, 
selected the theatre's productions 
during the first performing sea- 
son. But this year he has encour- 
aged the board of directors to 
become involved in the final 
selection process. The board is 
being expanded to allow for even 
more involvement from the deaf 
and artistic communities. 
Blumenstein's main hope is that 
the board will commit itself to 
insuring the company becomes a 
good semi-professional group or, 
at the minimum, a quality com- 
munity theatre group. 

This year the company plans to 
acquire a permanent home and 
open a "minimal" theatre. This 
type of theatre setting, with little 
or no scenery or props, would 
focus the audience's attention on 
the characters and their actions. 

Since the number of persons 


coming to the performances con- 
tinues to increase, and a perform- 
ance usually has 300 or more 
persons in attendance, the major 
concerns of the company are for 
the theatre to stay solvent and to 
attract more deaf. Blumenstein is 
optimistic about the future of the 
theatre and says, "I think it'll 
make it as an active member of 
the arts community." 


W. Thomas Spain (B.S. pharmacy 
'40) represented VCU at the inaugura- 
tion of Luther W. White III as president 
of Kentucky Wesleyan College. 


Linwood S. Leavitt (B.S. pharmacy 
'41) represented VCU at the inaugura- 
tion of Presidents M. G. Robertson and 
Richard F. Cottier at CNB University. 



James C. Akers (D.D.S. '43) received 
Life Membership to the Virginia Dental 
Association at the association's annual 
meeting in September. He received the 
honor for his years of dedicated ser- 
vice to the association and to the pro- 

Custis L. Coleman (M.D. '43, resi- 
dent '48) was appointed to the VCU 
Board of Visitors by Governor John N. 


Richmond psychiatrist Merritt W. 
Foster, Jr., (M.D. '44, resident neuro- 
psychiatry '48) was elected chairman of 
the state Board of Mental Health and 
Mental Retardation. 

Henry W. Addington, Jr., (B.S. 
pharmacy '51) was named Pharmacist 
of the Year by the Virginia Pharmaceu- 
tical Association. Addington is active in 
the MCV Alumni Association and the 
Rotary Club, has held numerous 
chairmanships in the Virginia Pharma- 
ceutical Association, has helped de- 
velop a drug abuse program at MCV 
and is a member of the fund-raising 
committee for the new MCV Pharmacy 


John F. Harlan, Jr., (M.H.A. '52) 
director of the University of Virginia 
Hospitals since 1965, has been named 
to the newly created position of assis- 
tant vice-president for allied health 
affairs at the University of Virginia 
Medical Center. 

The Swift Creek Mill Playhouse pro- 
duction of Sly Fox was directed by 
Wamer J. Callahan, Jr., (M.F.A. 
speech and drama '52). 


Wellington Ward, Jr. (B.F.A. com- 
mercial art '55) exhibited his rural 
scenes and seascapes at the fall show at 
A World of Art in Richmond 

The American College of Hospital 
Administrators' Council on Regents 
elected Charles T. Wood (M.H.A. '55) 
its new chairman-elect. Wood is the 
director of the Massachusetts Eye and 
Ear Infirmary, Boston. 


Harry C. Press (M.D. '57) was 
selected as a fellow in the American 
College of Radiology for his contribu- 
tions to the medical profession. 

pational therapy program at Danville 
Memorial Hospital, Danville, Virginia. 
She has also been active in mental 
health care and is chairperson of the 
After-Care Social Club — Danville — 
Pittsylvania County Mental Health 
Association. In addition, she is a volun- 
teer auxiliary police officer with the 
Danville Police Department. 


James L. Seaborn, Jr., (B.S. business 
'61) has been promoted to senior vice- 
president in charge of the residential 
loan division of Virginia National Bank 
Mortgage Corporation. 


John W. Moolz (B.S. social science 
'62) has been appointed superinten- 
dent of the new Henrico County 
Juvenile Detention Home. 


Sandra Linville Dean (B.F.A. 
dramatic arts and speech '64), vice pres- 
ident of Long Advertising in Richmond, 
has written a book on advertising for 
the small business. 


Thomas L. Baynham (M.S. social 
work '65) has been named director of 
employee relations at Longwood Col- 
lege, Farmville, Virginia. In addition to 
personnel administration, Baynham 
will serve as the college's affirmative 
action officer. 

William T. Coppage (M.S. rehabili- 
tation counseling '65), director of the 
Virginia Commission for the Visually 
Handicapped, has received the T. Ed- 
ward Temple Award for outstanding 
and distinguished service in public 



Mildred E. English (B.S. business 
'46), director of placement at the Uni- 
versity of North Carolina at Charlotte, 
is serving as chairperson of the South- 
ern College Placement Association Inc. 
Awards and Archives Committee. 

Claire H. Dovel (B.S. nursing '46) is 
a member of the board of directors of 
the National Emergency Department 
Nurses Association. 


The settings for the Swift Creek Mill 
Playhouse production of Sly Fox were 
designed by Robert C. Watkins, Jr., 
(M.F.A. fine arts '50). 

Roland Y. Fujimoto (B.S. business 
'58) has been appointed associate direc- 
tor in the life, health and financial 
services department at The Travelers 
Insurance Companies in Hartford, 

James A. Bumgardner (B.F.A. '58) 
was invited to show his works at the 
first invitational exhibition at the Bar- 
bara Fiedler Gallery in Washington, 


Marietta Smith Cordell (B.S. occu- 
pational therapy '60) started the occu- 


Courtney McKay Stevens (B.S. 
nursing '66) has been appointed an 
instructor in nursing at Albright Col- 
lege, Reading, Pennsylvania. 


William C. Bourne (B.S. general 
business '67) is employed as a real 
estate appraiser for Fairfax County, 

Robin Hockman Eddy (B . S . distribu- 
tive education '67) described the fall/ 
winter styles modeled for the Winches- 
ter Women's Civic League Fall Fashion 


Edward J. Kems, Jr., (B.F.A. fine 
arts '67) is an associate professor and 
the head of the art department at 
Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsyl- 

Westbrook Hospital Inc. of 
Richmond has appointed Ellen Carney 
Manson (B.S. nursing '67) director of 

Nancy Camden Witt (M.F.A. 
sculpture '67) was invited to exhibit her 
works in "New Directions From the 
Southeast" at the Barbara Fiedler Gal- 
lery in Washington, D.C. 


Sandra Eley Tims (M.M.E. music 
education '68) contributes her time to 
the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. held in 


Class Rings 

Even if you failed to buy a class ring 
as a student, you can now order one. 
Rings for both men and women are 
available in a wide variety of styles. 
For more information and a price list, 
write for a ring order kit and please, 
specify whether the ring is for a man 
or a woman. 

For a ring order kit-price list, 
please write: Alumni Activities 
Office, Virginia Commonwealth 
University, Richmond, Virginia 

Charleston, South Carolina, every 
summer for the past four years. Her 
involvement has become a family affair 
with son Keith singing one of the major 
parts in a children's opera and her 
husband Bill supporting the venture. 


Elsa Perry Brooks (B.S. accounting 
'69) was promoted to supervisor of the 
Provider Reimbursement Department 
of Blue Cross of Virginia and was 
elected national vice-president for re- 
search and development of the Ameri- 
can Society of Women Accountants. 

Christopher M. Bumside (B.F.A. 
communication arts and design '69) has 
three years' experience with Bella 
Lewitsky Company, a West Coast 
modem dance group, and he has been 
teaching dance at the University of 
California. Burnside returned to VCU 
this past summer to teach technique, 
improvisation and body alignment 
during a two-week workshop. Com- 
prehensive Modern Dance. 

David L. Fox (B.F.A. communication 
arts and design '69) represented VCU 
at the inauguration of President G. 
Benjamin Lantz, Jr. at Mount Union 
College in Alliance, Ohio. 


Charles W. Albertson, Jr., (B.S. ac- 
counting '70) has been named control- 
ler of Petersburg Psychiatric Institute 
and will have responsibility for fiscal 
management, policies and procedures. 

Ronald H. Kline (B.S. distributive 
education '70), director of marketing 
for Old Dominion Savings and Loan 
Association, has completed the second 
year of a three year advanced market- 
ing course. 

Laura L. Pharis (B.F.A. art '70) has 
become the general manager of the 
Richmond Printmaking Workshop. 
Pharis has gained considerable notice 
as a printmaker and as a painter and for 
her delicate porcelain dolls. 

The first invitational exhibition, 
"New Directions From the Southeast," 
at the Barbara Fiedler Gallery in 
Washington, D.C. included sculptures 
by Anthony H. Rice (B.F.A. sculpture 

Wheat, First Securities Inc. has pro- 
moted Anthony E. Smith, (B.S. psy- 
chology '70) as an account executive. 


Joan A. Ballou (B.F.A. sculpture '71) 
was invited to exhibit her works in 
"New Directions From the Southeast" 
at the Barbara Fiedler Gallery in 
Washington, D.C. 

Arthur P. Foley, (B.S. business ad- 
ministration '71) was appointed dean 
of finance and facilities at Shepherd 
College, Shepherdstown, West Vir- 
ginia. His responsibilities will include 
all college finances, auxiliary opera- 
tions and physical plant. Prior to this 
appointment, Foley served as director 
of finance. 

Harvey L. Grattan (M.S. business 
'71) was featured in an article in the 
Richmond News Leader. Grattan, who 
has celebral palsy, completed a year- 
long computer program at Woodrow 
Wilson Rehabilitation Center in 
Fishersville and is now working as a 
computer analyst trainee with Best 
Products Inc. in Ashland. 

Leah Hester Johnson (M.S.W. '71) 
was employed as the director of social 
work services at St. Joseph Hospital in 
Bryan, Texas, where she developed the 
first social work program. She is now 
staying at home and "enjoying our first 

Judith Alphson Lau (M.S. social 
work '71) has assumed the post of 
executive director of the Children's 
Bureau of Los Angeles, California. 

Vernon W. Layne (B.A. history '71) 
represented VCU at the inauguration 
of President Jeffrey R. Holland at 
Brigham Young University. 

Artist Susan Elkins Makara (B.F.A. 
communication arts and design '71) is 
doing free-lance work, which includes 
graphic design in telecommunications, 
book illustrating, stained glass win- 
dows, shooting candid portraits of 
children and taking decorative pic- 
tures. She also sells etchings, pastels 
and oil paintings. 

James F. Palmer, (B.S. accounting 
'71) is employed as a real estate sales- 
man for Century 21's J. F. Batte Com- 

John B. Wade (M.S. rehabilitation 
counseling '71) is president-elect of the 
Mid-Atlantic National Rehabilitation 


Patricia Shealy Bering (B.S. recrea- 
tional leadership '72) has been ap- 
pointed as the director of the Activity 
Therapies Department at the Georgia 
Mental Institute of Atlanta, Georgia. 
She serves on the Executive Committee 
of the Therapeutic Recreation Section 
of the Georgia Recreation and Parks 
Society and is the state representative 
from Georgia to the States and Re- 
gional Advisory Council of the Na- 
tional Therapeutic Recreation Society. 

Jerry S. Ellis (B.F.A. art education 
'72) painted a large mural to fill a wall at 
the entrance to the Peninsula Nature 


and Science Center's lunar exhibit. The 
museum is located in Newport News, 

David N. Gant (B.F.A. painting 72) 
had an exhibition of his works at the 
University of Richmond's Marsh Gal- 

J. Allen Gorman (M.H.A. '72) has 
been named associate administrator of 
Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond. 

Howard Payne University, 
Brownwood, Texas, has named John S. 
Milliard (M.M. music composition '72) 
resident composer and associate pro- 
fessor in music. 

A rehabilitation counselor in the 
Norfolk District office of the Virginia 
Commission for the Visually Handi- 
capped, Douglas B. Jones (M.S. re- 
habilitation counseling '72), is 
president-elect of the Mid-Atlantic Na- 
tional Rehabilitation Counseling Asso- 

Eric W. Johnson (M.S. business '72) 
is general manager and a stockholder in 
Alpha Audio, a Richmond recording 
studio. The studio has recorded Bruce 
Springsteen, Seals & Croft, Jesse Collin 
Young and other well known perfor- 

Ralph C. MacPhail, Jr., (M.F.A. 
dramatic art '72) is director of The 
Mikado at the Barksdale Theater in 
Hanover, Virginia. 

William W. Ramsey, Jr. (B.S. ac- 
counting '72) has been elected vice- 
president of Washington-Lee Savings 
and Loan Association in Alexandria, 

Randy L. Strawderman (B.F.A. 
dramatic art and speech '72) is the 
creator of a musical. Red, Hot and 
Cole, based on the life and music of 
Cole Porter. The musical is being con- 
sidered for production on Broadway, 
after a four-week run in Los Angeles. 

The University of Richmond had a 
showing of Jack C. Wheless' (A.S. 
drafting and design technician '72) 
large scale pencil-on-canvas works. 


William R. Britton, Jr., (B.S. recrea- 
tional leadership '73) has been town 
manager of Appomattox, Virginia, for 
four years and serves as special projects 
assistant for the Appomattox County 
Board of Supervisors. Britton also en- 
joys "single-person" sports, these in- 
clude sky diving, hang gliding, white 
water canoeing, hunting ducks, 
motorcycle riding, fishing and archery. 

Elaine H. Cohen (B.S. social welfare 
'73) is the program director of the 
Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia Soci- 
ety of America Inc. and is in charge of 
fund raising for the entire state. 

Mark Costello (B.F.A. dramatic arts 
and speech '73) appeared in the Swift 
Creek Mill Playhouse production of S/y 

The Farm Credit Banks of Louisville 
has appointed Philip E. Flora (B.S. 
accounting '73) to internal audit man- 

Audrey Tyler Hingley (B.S. jour- 
nalism '73) worked for seven years in 
the field of public welfare as a social 
worker. Recently she accepted a posi- 
tion as information technician /acting 
director of the Health Education and 
Information Department with the City 
of Richmond. In this position, she will 
be responsible for the monthly and 
quarterly newsletters and public rela- 
tions for the department. 

Illuminations by Alwin G. Holland 
(M.Ed, elementary education '73) were 
on display at the Westover Hills Branch 
of the Richmond Public Library. Il- 
lumination is an art form which began 
in the early dark ages and lasted until 
the middle of the 16th century, and it 
was primarily used for inspirational 
pieces. The process consists of three 
parts — an illustration, a border and the 
printed word. When successfully com- 
bined these pieces join into an artistic 

The North Carolina National Bank 
has promoted Douglas M. Mrstik (B.S. 
business administration '73) to vice- 

William A. Royall, Jr., (journalism 
'73), president of North American 
Marketing Corporation, has joined 
George Mason University's Board of 

David A. Vaughan (M.D. '73) prac- 
tices internal medicine in Lynchburg, 

Kenneth W. Willis (B.F.A. crafts '73) 
had his wood designs and creations 
shown at the Decker Galleries in 

Walter C. Wilson III (M.S. rehabih- 
tation counseling '73) was selected the 
Mid- Atlantic Regional Counselor of the 
year at the National Rehabilitation 
Association Conference in Wil- 
mington, Delaware. He is a rehabilita- 
tion counselor with the Spinal Cord 
Injury Project at the Woodrow Wilson 
Rehabilitation Center. 


Haywood R. Brooks (M.S. business 
'74) is the EDP manager with Straub & 
Dalch, CPA's. 

Janette W. Lewis (B.S. medical 
technology '74) was inducted into the 
Brown-Sequard Chapter of Alpha 
Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 
the only national medical honor soci- 
ety, and was selected for membership 

in the Alpha Sigma Chi Honorary 
Leadership Society of MCV. She will 
receive her medical degree in May 

Clarence L. Mills (B.S. business 
management '74) is working as a buyer 
for Richfood Inc. in Richmond, Vir- 

George H. St. George (M.H.A, '74) 
was elected president of the board of 
directors of the six county Eastern 
Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Ser- 
vices Council Inc. 

Thomas H. Solenberger (M.D. '74) 
has recently completed a residency in 
obstetrics/ gynecology at the University 
of New Mexico and is in private prac- 
tice in SUver City, New Mexico. 

Morgan O. Wilkinson, Jr., (B.S. 
administration of justice and public 
safety '74) has been named assistant 
headmaster of Huguenot Academy in 
Powhatan County, Virginia. 


Mathilda M. Acuff (M.S. nursing 
'75) has been appointed assistant direc- 
tor of nursing at Mid-Missouri Mental 
Health Center. 

Linda L. Bilotti (B.F.A. communica- 
tion arts and design '75) has been 
working as a graphic designer with 
Beveridge and Associates Inc. in 
Washington, D.C. and recently became 
a member of the Arts Directors Club of 
Metropolitan Washington. 

Joseph "Buddy" Coleman (B.F.A. 
communication arts and design '75) has 
designed the logo for the City of Mar- 
tinsville, Virginia. 

John D. Lentz (D.D.S. '75) has 
opened an office for the practice of 
peridontics in Abingdon, Virginia. 

Curtis H. Smith (B.S. pharmacy '75) 
director of pharmacy services at Rap- 
pahannock General Hospital, has been 
appointed a "practitioner-teacher" at 

Randell E. Tennant (B.S. health and 
physical education '75) has joined A. 
H. Robins Company in Richmond as a 
consumer products specialist. 

Gary W. Weaver (B.S. business ad- 
ministration '75) is president of Trifam 
Systems Inc. , a real estate development 
firm headquartered in McLean, Vir- 
ginia. His firm specializes in develop- 
ing apartments and subdivisions in 
Virginia, Maryland and North 

Diana Dovel Winston (M.Ed, 
elementary education '75) has assumed 
the assistant principal's job at Brook- 
land Middle School in Henrico County. 

Wendy A. Winters (B.F.A. fashion 
design '75) represented VCU at the 
convocation celebrating the fiftieth an- 
niversary of Brooklyn College. 



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Thornton D. Cline (B.M.E. 76), a 
Ph. D. student in music education at the 
Eastman School of Music in Rochester, 
New York, has been appointed or- 
chestra director of Washington High 
School and string teacher at Adams, 
Arthur and Franklin Schools of Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. Characterized as "one of 
the brightest young stars to have 
graduated from the Richmond Sym- 
phony Youth Orchestra" by the 
Richmond M'Tcs Leader, he was recently 
elected into the American Society of 
Composers, Authors and Publishers 
(ASCAP) as a published composer. 

Clarence H. Clinton, Jr., (B.S. mass 
communications 76) has been named 
catering manager for the Sheraton 
Washington Hotel in Washington, 

Joan Gaustad Donato (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design 76) had an 
exhibit of her "hand-held" pieces at 
Gallery Two, 1708 East Main, 

Soprano Sharon L. Duncan (B.S. 
elementary education 76) presented a 
recital in the parish room of Christ 
Ascension Church in Richmond. She 
has also performed locally in The 
Mikado and in the Hopewell Women's 
Club production oi Showboat. 

The Cary-Windsor Gallery premiere 
exhibition for 1980-81 included works 
by Frank E. Heller (B.F.A. communica- 
tion arts and design '76). His works 
included sculptures, which he refers to 
as drawings in three dimension. 

The 16,000 senior citizens of New 
River Valley, Virginia, have a new 
director for the Area Agency on Aging. 
Fred G. Karnas, Jr., (M.S.W. '76) was 
recently appointed to head the agency, 
which provides services to maintain 
the seniors in their home environ- 

Janet G . Lenz (B.S. sociology '76) has 
accepted the position of assistant direc- 
tor of the Career Planning and Place- 
ment Center at the University of North 
Carolina at Greensboro. 

Nancy L. Mathieson-Jeffers (B.S. 
education '76) and John D. M. Jeffers 
(M.S. rehabilitation counseling '77) live 
in Bangor, Maine. She is an instructor 
at the Penobscot Consortium Job Corps 
where she is developing the reading 
program. He is the medical social work 
supervisor at the health center on In- 
dian Island and is designing and im- 
plementing the mental health pro- 

John L. Parrish, Jr., (B.F.A. theatre 
'76) is Brad Garrick, a rich kid, on the 
daytime soap opera. Another World. "I 

think I was brought on this show to 
date girls because I don't have a job, 
and 1 don't have a place to live. And I'm 
having all these little intrigues," says 
Parrish. Before going to New York, he 
worked as an actor at the Virginia 
Museum Theater, the Mill Mountain 
playhouse in Roanoke and the Hayloft 
theater in Northern Virginia. 

Michael W. Patch (B.M.E. '76), 
minister of music for the CoUinsville 
First Baptist Church, directed the 
church's youth and adult choirs in 
Celebrate Life, a musical drama on the 
celebration of eternal life. 

Michael B. Pike (B.S. chemistry '76) 
has received an M.S. in chemical engi- 
neering from Virginia Polytechnic Insti- 
tute and State University and is cur- 
rently employed in New York by I.B.M. 

WIVE radio has appointed Raymond 
Swiderski (B.S. mass communications 
'76) to the position of news director. 

A. Gordon Thomas (B.S. business 
administration and management '76) is 
employed with The Methodist Home, a 
230 bed retirement home in Charlotte, 
North Carolina, as assistant adminis- 

William G. Ziletti, Jr. (M.S. insur- 
ance '76) has been appointed assistant 
secretary, commercial underwriting 
systems, in the underwriting depart- 
ment at Aetna Insurance Company, 
Hartford, Connecticut. 


Stephen W. Balducci (B.S. business 
administration and management '77) is 
currently selling consumer products 
for Wright Brokerage of Richmond. His 
territory includes Washington, D.C, 
Baltimore, Maryland and Northern 
Virginia. Since 1978, he has completed 
a Dale Carnegie Sales Course, received 
his real estate license and started real 
estate appraisal courses. 

Media General Inc., Richmond, has 
named Christopher F. Bonney (busi- 
ness '77) assistant director of research. 

Matthew A. Costello (B.F.A. theatre 
'77) appeared in the Swift Creek Mill 
Playhouse production of Sli/ Fox. 

Dorothy Sholes Crowder (M.S. 
nursing '77) was chosen by the March 
of Dimes to attend a three week work- 
shop on nutrition and pregnancy, 
which was held in Montreal, Quebec, 
Canada. She is also chairman of the 
Virginia Nursing Association's Nurs- 
ing History Committee. 

Christopher T. Durrer (M.H.A. 
'77) has been appointed assistant ad- 
ministrator for professional services at 
Moore Memorial Hospital, Pinehurst, 
North Carolina. 

Catherine Coleman Eckel (B.S. 
economics '77) was appointed an assis- 


tant professor of commerce and busi- 
ness at the University of British Col- 
umbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. 

Michelle Harmon-Gulick (B.M. 
applied music '77) played Natalie in the 
operetta The Merry Widow at Dogwood 
Dell in Richmond. 

The Arlington County Recreation 
Division has appointed Pamela A. 
Locke (B.S. mass communications '77) 
as the division's public information 

The Reynolds Metals Company has 
promoted Thomas A. Sutterfield (B.S. 
business administration 77) to senior 
data communications systems analyst. 
Additionally, Sutterfield has been 
elected to the board of directors of 
Travelers Aid Society of Virginia. 


H. Charles Benner (B.S. biology 78) 
received a Juris Doctor degree from the 
School of Law at Western New Eng- 
land College. 

The "Women's Caucus for Art" 
show in the Richmond Public Library's 
Gellman Room included two mixed- 
media and found-object pieces by Jill 
A. Casey (M.Ed, elementary education 

Richard L. Chidester (B.S. adminis- 
tration of justice and public safety '78) 
has been promoted to the rank of 
sergeant with the William and Mary 
Campus Police Department. He is also 
a second year law student at the 
Marshall-Wythe School of Law at Wil- 
liam and Mary. 

Jay Darmstadter (general studies '78) 
crafts custom-made stringed instru- 
ments for a living. "Authenticity is very 
important to me," he says. "It's im- 
portant not to add your own artistic 
touches and try to make the instrument 
look like it did before it was broken." 

John E. George (mass communica- 
tions '78) will report on activities in 
Prince George County and the Enon 
section of Chesterfield County for The 
Hopewell Nezus. 

Regina E. Goodman (B.S. marketing 
'78) has received a M.B.A. from Bab- 
cock Graduate School of Management, 
Wake Forest University, and is 
employed by LB. M. in Winston-Salem, 
North Carolina. 

Michael J. Harris (B.S. mass com- 
munications '78), a sportswriter for the 
Richmond Nt'it's Leader, has co- 
authored a book Very Vulnerable joint: 
Knees and Sport a Mismatched Pair. 

Barbara B. Hubert (B.S. chemistry 
'78) has moved to Rockville, New York, 
where she has taken an administrative 
position as a scientific associate in the 
Drug Standards Revision Department 

of the United States Pharmacopeia. 

Bobbie J. Huskey (M.S.W. '78) has 
been named classification and commu- 
nity placement manager for the Vir- 
ginia Department of Corrections' Divi- 
sion of Community and Prevenrion 

Robert W. Kingsbury (B.S. rehabili- 
tation services '78) is director of North- 
ern Neck Workshop for the mentally 
and physically handicapped. 

Mark D. Kutz (B.S. health and 
physical education '78) has been 
named assistant coach of the Com- 
monwealth Aquatic Club Rams swim 

Harold R. Morgan, Jr., (B.S. health 
and physical education '78) is the head 
football coach for Bolton High School in 
Shelby County, Tennessee. Addition- 
ally, he teaches health, physical educa- 
tion and biology. 

Thomas Y. Savage (B.S. mass com- 
munications '78) was accepted at the 
Washington and Lee University School 
of Law, Lexington, Virginia. 


Caryl L. Burtner (B.F.A. art history 
'79) had a toothbrush collage entitled 
"Throw Away" — a collection of about 
60 used toothbrushes, used toothpaste 
tubes and a toothbrush print — in the 
"Women's Caucus for Art" show at the 
Richmond Public Library. 

Stephen J. Harlow (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design '79) is a 
staff arttst for the Roanoke Times and 
World Neivs. 

Deborah P. Harrison (M.Ed, special 
education '79) is teaching at the 
Stuttgart Elementary School in 
Stuttgart, Germany. 

Michael "Coffee" Miklos (B.F.A. 
crafts '79) is enrolled in the Master of 
Fine Arts program at Montana State 
University with metals as his major 

David B. Tate, Jr., (M.H.A. '79) has 
been named administrator of the Colo- 
nial Institute for Child and Adolescent 
Psychiatry at Lee Hall in Williamsburg, 


Lenzie L. (Jack) Boswell III (B.S. 
marketing '80) was inducted into Who's 
Who Among Students in American Col- 
leges and Universities for outstanding 
academic and extracurricular achieve- 

Stuart A. Chase (B.F.A. art history 
'80) has left his position at Old Stur- 
bridge Village in Massachusetts and is 
now employed by the Museum of the 
Southwest in Midland, Texas, as the 
exhibit preparator. 

Thomas J. Childress (B.F.A. theatre 
'80) appeared in the Swift Creek Mill 
Playhouse production of Not Nozo, 

Accomack County school officials 
have hired Robert A. Creecy (B.A. 
English '80) to join the faculty at the 
high school on remote Tangier Island. 
He will teach grades eight through 12 
and help with intramural athletics. 

Mary E. Gross (M.S. rehabilitation 
counseling '80) has accepted the posi- 
tion of patient care representative at 
Westbrook Hospital, Richmond. 

Joyce A. Hopkins (B.S. pharmacy 
'80) joined the staff of Stuart Drug Store 
in Patrick County, Virginia. 

Lynne P. Hurysz (B.F.A. theatre 
education '80) played Elaine Navazio in 
the John Rolfe Players production of 
Last of the Red Hot Lovers in Chester, 

William J. King (D.D.S. '80) is asso- 
ciated with Culpeper dentist Dr. A. V. 
Philip Ferlazzo. King says his approach 
to dentistry will be strong on preven- 
tion care. "We'd like more patients on a 
regular maintenance basis and see 
more people avoid the pain and ex- 
pense of neglect," says King. 

The Virginia Museum's Institute of 
Contemporary Art presented the work 
of Yoji Matsumura (M.F.A. sculpture 
'80). Exhibition coordinator Ann 
Chenoweth, of the museum staff, 
suggested calling it, "performance/ 
participation/correspondence art," but 
Robert Merritt, art critic for the 
Richmond Times Dispatch simply calls 
his work "involvement" art. 

The Hopewell Neivs, Hopewell, Vir- 
ginia, has hired Anthony H. J. Patoux 
(B.S. mass communications '80). 
Patoux will cover city offices and gov- 
ernment events. 

Patricia Turman Roane (B.S. phar- 
macy '80) has joined the staff of the R. J. 
Reynolds Patrick County Memorial 

Louis T. Stith (B.S. administration of 
justice and public safety '80) is a recent 
graduate of the F.B.I. Academy and has 
been assigned to the F.B.I, office in 

The Goochland County school sys- 
tem has named Pamela F. Weller, 
(B.M.E. '80) as the new band director. 

David R. White (M.F.A. design '80) 
was awarded his second professional 
fellowship for photography from the 
Virginia Museum's Education in Arts 
Committee. In the September issue of 
Smithsonian two of the major photo- 
graphic illustrations for a story on the 
American coastline were published 
from his three-year project document- 
ing the Outer Banks of North Carolina. 




It's the time between 

parties, between 
making and forgetting 
resolutions, between 
endings and begin- 
nings. Whatever else 
it is, the time is yours 
to fill. WithVCU's 
over 30 enticing ways 
to spend that time you 
could journey back to 
the Italian Renaissance 
or ride the dusty trails 
ofthe Wild West with 

John Wayne. But 

remember, you have 10 

days — time to wander 

throughout the world 

and throughout time itself. 

VCU Christmas Inter- Session 

December 29-30, 1980 
January 2-3 and 5-10, 1981 

Evening Studies 

Spring 1981 

Advance Mail Registration 

November 2-December 12, 1980 

In-person Registration 

January 6 and 7, 1981 

3:30-8 pm 

Mosque Ballroom 

Classes begin week of 

January 12, 1981 



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♦ V 


In 1981 VCU alumni and friends will be 
sailing in the Caribbean, sightseeing in 
Rome and Athens and sunbathing on the 
beaches of Hawaii. You are invited to 
come along. 

The April Caribbean cruise offers round 
trip transportation from Richmond or 
Miami, three ports of call, the use of all 
shipboard facilities, seven meals and 
snacks per day, a welcome aboard party 
and a Captain's farewell dinner. 

Those traveling on the Rome /Athens 
tour will spend a total of twelve days in 
these two major European capitals. 
Round-trip departure from Richmond is 
included, as well as hotel accommoda- 

tions, inter-city transfers and a sight- 
seeing tour of each city. 

A ten-day tour to our 50th state, 
Hawaii, is the third Summer 1981 travel 
venture. Your trip includes round-trip 
transportation from Richmond, Norfolk or 
Washington, D.C., seven nights in 
Waikiki, three nights on the Kona coast of 
the big island of Hawaii, inter-island 
transfers and optional tours. 

Departure cities are subject to confirma- 
tion. For additional information, please 
write the Alumni Activities Office, Vir- 
ginia Commonwealth University, 
Richmond, Virginia 23284, or telephone 
(804) 257-1228. 

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Alumni Activities Office U.S. Postage 

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